BlackBerry KEY2 to launch on June 7 in New York

The BlackBerry KeyOne launched at MWC 2017 with the handset sporting the company’s renowned physical keyboard and mid-range specs such as the energy-sipping Snapdragon 625. It’s fair to say that the KeyOne sated most of BlackBerry’s fans, but that was 2017, an age ago in smartphone terms. This year, BlackBerry will launch the KeyOne’s successor, the KEY2, on June 7 in New York. 

Besides featuring a physical keyboard, a recent leak shows the BlackBerry KEY2 sporting a similar design to the original KeyOne, including an audio jack, but with that addition of dual rear cameras. Under the hood, the KEY2 is believed to be powered by the Snapdragon 660 octa-core processor with a possible 6GB of RAM and running Android Oreo at launch.

The KeyOne was lauded for its fantastic battery life, security, and its versatile physical keyboard, carving out a niche in the market as a smartphone with productivity chops. The big question is whether BlackBerry/TCL can make a smartphone that will appeal to its core fans while also garnering interest from the general user. That’s a question that we’ll see answered during the KEY2 launch event on June 7 at 10 AM in New York.

I’m sure that there will be more leaks and rumors about the KEY2 in the run-up to the launch, but what new features would you like to see unveiled?

Source: BlackBerry (Twitter)

Rumored BlackBerry KeyTwo device leaks in press render

BlackBerry targets Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp for patent infringement

BlackBerry nixes security support for the PRIV after two years


About the Author: Peter Holden

He's been an Android fan ever since owning an HTC Hero, with the Dell Streak being his first phablet. He currently carries a Pixel 2 XL, Huawei P20 Pro, and a Huawei MediaPad M5 (8.4) in his pockets and thinks nothing of lugging a 17-inch laptop around in his backpack. When not immersed in the world of Android and gadgets, he's an avid sports fan, and like all South Africans, he loves a good Braai (BBQ).